Established in 2020, the Aboriginal Energy Program responds to DELWP's Pupangarli Marnmarnepu' Owning our Future' Aboriginal Self-Determination Reform Strategy 2020-25.

The Program supports Aboriginal self-determination by empowering Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians to have a greater role in decision-making as part of Victoria's transition to renewable energy technologies.

What is Pupangarli Marnmarnepu?

Pupangarli Marnmarnepu is our 5-year strategy that provides a roadmap for DELWP to enable self-determination by honouring the rights and dignity of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians. Pupangarli Marnmarnepu means 'owning our future' in Wadi Wadi and Mutti Mutti language and embodies what it means for Traditional Owners to be self-determining.

Self-determination is all about choice. Pupangarli Marnmarnepu acknowledges Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians have the right to make choices that best reflect them on their journey to self-determination and self-governance.

We aim towards a future where the concept of Pupangarli Marnmarnepu is embedded throughout our business practices and service delivery so that Victoria's First Peoples are in control of their own lives.

We are committed to renewable energy projects that empower Traditional Owners and support their self-determination

Traditional Owner Renewable Energy Program

The Traditional Owner Renewable Energy Program (TOREP) is the Victorian Government's first tailored renewable energy grant program for Traditional Owner Corporations.

The Program supports Traditional Owner Corporations to design and implement their plans and aspirations in renewable energy. The Program was announced in November 2020 and provides $1.1 million in grant funding, with all Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) eligible to apply for up to $100,000 each. This grants round is now closed for new applications.

To date, nine RAPs have received funding for a range of renewable energy community projects to be delivered by June 2022, including:

  • installation and usage of renewable energy generation and storage
  • feasibility studies and business case development
  • renewable energy policies and strategies
  • community engagement and workshops on renewable energy

News update: March 2022

The first of the TOREP projects has been completed by the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (WTOAC).

Media Release

Renewable Energy Project – Ballarat and Ballan sites will provide reliable energy generation and storage systems integrated into two existing buildings. The renewable energy technology will provide a sustainable, clean energy source and reduce their associated energy costs that Wadawurrung people will benefit from now, and into the future.

The nine recipients of TOREP are:

Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

First People of the Millewa-Mallee Aboriginal Corporation

Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation

Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Taungurung Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation

Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation

 

TOREP Guidelines

TOREP  Frequently Asked Questions

Other Aboriginal community grant programs

TOREP is the first tailored renewable energy grant program for Traditional Owners.

Find out about the range of grants, funding and training available for Aboriginal Victorians.

Apply for other Victorian Government community and business grants.

Contact us

If you have any questions about Aboriginal Energy or TOREP, please email us at: AboriginalEnergy@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 11/03/22